Have a passion for helping people live longer, better lives? The field of health science gives you a deep understanding of the evolving challenges of modern health care, and provides a strong foundation for advanced degrees in careers such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.
In addition to biology, chemistry, and other natural sciences, your courses will focus on wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention, while examining the bioethical and legal issues facing the global health industry. Explore issues of interest to you through dozens of elective courses on topics such as aging and long-term care, violence in children/families, mental health, environmental health, and grant funding and proposal development. You will also complete a clinical internship.
Community Health Option
The BS in Health Science is closely aligned with its sister program, the BS in Community Health, which is designed for students who are interested in exploring mostly nonclinical career paths. The overlap of health courses allows students to switch majors with simple adjustments, giving you greater flexibility to shift your career goals with little or no loss of time or tuition.
Dual-Degree Program Options
Students have the option of pursuing an accelerated, cost-effective dual-degree program where you can earn your BS in Health Science and a:
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Health Administration
Learn from Experts
You’ll engage in lively, challenging discussions and learn from faculty mentors who are respected scholars and working professionals. They will work with you in a collaborative environment to explore your interests, help you develop your career goals, and advance your knowledge about the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
The Student Experience
Explore potential career paths, get real-world insights, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, field experiences, and campus organizations.
Students have recently interned at:
- Northwell Health
- Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center
- Developmental Disabilities Institute Inc.
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- Nassau County Department of Human Services
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Long Island State Veterans Home
- Mount Sinai Health System
Clubs and Networking
You can also meet students with similar interests and participate in service-learning activities and networking events through health care-oriented clubs as Future Healthcare Leaders of Hofstra University, the American Medical Women's Association, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, the Hofstra Health and Wellness Club, or the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, among others.
Job prospects in health care continue to be very strong. With our comprehensive program, you’ll be ready to pursue either a career right after graduation or advanced study. Based on a survey of recent grads:
Alums with a job, in grad school, or both
Accepted a position within three months of graduation
Mean salary for BS graduates within one year of graduation ($70K-$198K for health careers with advanced degrees)
Health Science graduates enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they obtain positions at prestigious organizations or pursue advanced study at top graduate schools.
Recent alumni work at organizations such as:
- Weill Cornell Medical Center
- NYU Langone Hospital - Long Island
- Nassau County Department of Health
- Catholic Health
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- AmeriCorps VISTA
Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:
- Georgetown University
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- New York University
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
- SUNY College of Optometry
Health Science major Tyler Bartholomew '16 traveled to Panama for a two-week medical outreach program.
“In total, we treated over 400 people. There is no better feeling than realizing you have made a difference in these people’s lives by donating your time and energy,” he said.
He is now pursuing his PhD at the University of Miami School of Medicine.